CAIRO – A prominent statesman in Egypt has criticized a private local TV station for suspending a widely popular satire program, describing its decision as unwise and harmful to the country.
Amr Moussa, a former presidential candidate who currently chairs a panel tasked with amending Egypt's constitution, urged broadcaster CBC to reconsider its decision, saying it has upset many and raised concern for freedom of expression in Egypt.
CBC suspended Friday the program of Bassem Youssef, often described as Egypt's Jon Stewart, saying he violated its editorial policies.
Youssef has come under fire for mocking the ultranationalist fervor gripping Egypt, and joking about its military leaders, sparking a backlash of legal complaints from army supporters.
But the CBC decision caused an outcry among many who feared it was a crackdown on criticism.